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9 November, 2023

Inland Rail spends big but no figures for N2N

EARLIER this week Inland Rail provided an update on how much money has been invested with local businesses across various stages of the enormous tri-state project.

By Sharon Bonthuys

Nearly $400 million has been spent with local companies on the Inland Rail alignment since beginning construction in 2018, with around $85million spent over the last year, the company said in a statement. 

“Inland Rail has engaged with nearly 430 local companies on the Parkes to Narromine (P2N), Beveridge to Albury (B2A), Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) and Stockinbingal to Parkes (S2P) sections, spending some $390 million on their services,” a spokesperson said. 

“Over that time Inland Rail has engaged with 25 First Nations businesses, spending nearly $40 million with these companies.

“Some $244 million was spent with local companies on the N2NS section, $110 million on the P2N section and nearly $30 million spent in the B2A section so far.” 

Services provided by companies contracted to Inland Rail have included office fit out, accommodation and catering, workforce training, equipment supply, earthworks, signage, waste services, hardware supplies, plant and equipment hire, electrical and plumbing services and fencing. Figures for the Narromine to Narrabri (N2N) section of the project were not available, the spokesperson told the Narromine Star.

“We are prioritising the delivery of Inland Rail between Beveridge in Victoria through to Parkes and Narromine in NSW to be completed in 2027,” the spokesperson said. 

“The delivery of these sections will enable Inland Rail to connect to existing rail networks between Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and the Illawarra via Parkes and Narromine. 

“The immediate focus for Inland Rail north of Narromine is to gain primary approvals to secure the Inland Rail route, which includes the acquisition of required properties.” 

Future decisions by the Australian Government on the delivery of sections north of Narromine will be considered when the government has more certainty as to the delivery and full cost of the Inland Rail program, the spokesperson said. 

“This includes Inland Rail completing environmental approval processes and securing land required for the Inland Rail corridor.” 

In late February 2023 the Australian Rail Track Corporation received approval from the NSW Minister for Planning to progress the Narromine to Narrabri Project, subject to conditions and Federal Government approval.

Project assessment will be finalised by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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